There are moments in the lives of countries and generations when the future appears to burn especially bright with hope and youthful promise. But what happens when dreams sour, when pioneering generations lurch into middle-age? Daniel Galera’s Twenty After Midnight follows a circle of literary provocateurs whose webzine revolutionized the internet and shook up Brazilian culture at the dawn of the new millennium. Now, 15 years later, they are left to reckon with death, disappointment, and a feeling of impending doom. Tsitsi Dangarembga’s This Mournable Body, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, continues to follow the travails of Tambu, the Zimbabwean protagonist of Dangarembga’s classic 1980s novel, Nervous Conditions. Tambu, raised in colonial Rhodesia, is now a single woman navigating the obstacles of independent Harare, the ideals of the War of Liberation a distant memory. Both novels poignantly ask, Where have we gone wrong? Moderated by Anderson Tepper.
This program is part of the International Programming of the Brooklyn Book Festival, made possible with the support of public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and with special appreciation to City Council Member Stephen Levin.